You’re a dedicated employee who is always willing to go that extra mile for the company. What you’re not willing to do is break the law or turn a blind eye to misconduct.
Sadly, the harsh reality is that while this attitude is admirable, it can place you in a vulnerable position. Reporting misconduct sounds easy at first but it really isn’t. Outlined below are some of the more common barriers you might face.
Who will listen?
At first, you thought you’d go to your supervisor, but it turns out that they are not only aware of the misconduct, but are wrapped up in it too. So, you decide to go even higher up, but this only unveils more unprofessional conduct on an even grander scale. The HR department is virtually impossible to reach and when you finally do get through you discover that they are hardly impartial.
In some cases, not everyone is on some grand scheme but they are willing to turn a blind eye. You might be called naive for thinking that no other companies were bending the rules sometimes. It is a common tactic of wrongdoers to try and make it seem like the problem is with you rather than anyone else.
The reality is that you may face the risk of losing your job for reporting misconduct in the workplace, particularly if your boss is involved. Technically and legally this is not allowed to happen. Those who report unlawful activity in the workplace are referred to as whistleblowers, and the second you become a whistleblower you have a host of legal options at your disposal.